Nineteenth-century Louisiana governor William C.C. Claiborne allegedly said that the residents of New Orleans had such a penchant for dancing that they were downright ungovernable. And so it’s always been—there’s no sitting on the sidelines in Louisiana. Soon you’ll be scuffing up the floor with a room full of dance partners. Check out these places where you can kick up your heels and dance the night away.
Live music venues and locations to dance in Louisiana
Along the bayous of Cajun Country, you’ll find impromptu jam sessions with fiddles and guitars in most coffee shops, and if you ask nicely, they’ll throw in a couple of dance lessons, too. Learn the Whiskey River Jitterbug at Whiskey River Landing in Henderson, and then get a good night’s sleep before heading to Opelousas for Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame and have a ball trying to keep up with those jamming zydeco beats. The town also hosts Music & Market, a free concert series combined with a farmers market on Friday nights in the fall and spring.
In Lafayette, head to the Blue Moon Saloon for a wide variety of Cajun and zydeco bands who really know how to rock the joint! Since it’s opening in 2001, it’s become one of America’s premier venues for Cajun music and they boast that it is a meeting place for world travelers, families and artists to gather, dance and have a good time.
For a different morning experience, head to Buck and Johnny's in Breaux Bridge to dance to live music after you've devoured their famous Zydeco Breakfast. If you don't make it time for breakfast, check out their calendar of live music Wednesday through Saturdays.
If your stay includes a stop in Houma, you’ll have a Ph.D. in dancing before you leave. Wiggle and giggle to toe-tapping tunes at A-Bear’s Café on Friday nights and Bayou Delight Restaurant on weekends, and check out The Jolly Inn on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.
Don’t leave the state without shimmying at an authentic blues juke joint. Roque’s Blues Hall in east Natchitoches will rock your soul. In downtown Shreveport, groove to the 1970s and ’80s music at Chicky’s Boom Boom Room, or strut your stuff to old school R&B at JOSH Lounge.
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